Last night, the highly anticipated first international blogging awards, the OAIS awards, hosted by Dan Nexon, editor of the eminently influential Duck of Minerva blog were announced! Taking place at this year’s ISA Convention and sponsored by SAGE, the awards recognized the impact that the blogging community has on scholarly communication.
Supporting and enabling debates around public policy and the social sciences is a core part of our remit at SAGE, and we were incredibly pleased to be able to support such an incredible event. Speaking about the awards and the increasing influential power of blogging, SAGE’s Global Publishing Director, Ziyad Marar remarked that blogs can “popularise and accelerate debates that originate in scholarly journals, and are rapidly staking their place as valuable centres of academic output in their own right. These Awards celebrate the work of those in IR who have sought – at times humorously, angrily, ironically or using zombies, but always accessibly – to augment traditional means of academic communication, theory development and policy influence. ”
As evening drew in, crowds gathered eager to hear who would be announced as the international best bloggers. As Dan Nexon co-founder of the Duck of Minerva blog and conveyor of the awards said in his opening remarks, “the winners selected tonight recognize the achievements of truly outstanding bloggers writing about international studies from a scholarly perspective.”
The winners, or ‘duckies’ as they will more affectionately be known, can be seen below. Each winner was awarded a Sphinx Duck trophy, definitely something to treasure.
Best Group Blog
Best Individual Blog
Most Promising New Blog
Best Blog Post
- Winner: John M. Hobson, “Eurocentrism, Racism: What’s in a Word?” (The Disorder of Things)
- Honorable Mention: Amelia Hoover Green, Dara Kay Cohen, and Elisabeth Jean Wood, “Is Wartime Amelia Hoover Green, Dara Kay Cohen, and Elisabeth Jean Wood, “Is Wartime Rape Declining On a Global Scale? We Don’t Know — And It Doesn’t Matter” (Political Violence @ a Glance)
Special Achievement Award
- Marc Lynch
Congratulations to all of the winners, a very well deserved accolade!
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